SNORING: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND AIDS

INTRODUCTION

Snoring is a sleep breathing disorder that is caused by vibration of the airways because of their narrowing following any cause. About 1 in 3 people snore in their sleep. More than the person snoring, the person sleeping in the same room with a snorer is affected. The quality of sleep is greatly compromised, and this can reduce the overall efficiency of affected individuals and people around them. In this article, we will examine the causes of snoring, the consequences and how we can assist those suffering from it using a wide variety of snoring aids.

CAUSES

For a better understanding of snoring and how to tackle it, the causes are further grouped. The common pathway however, is that the amount of air entering the airways is reduced, and sounds of low frequencies are heard, which could be very irritating to those trying hard to find or maintain their sleep.

CONSTITUTIONAL CAUSES

These are factors that cannot be changed. The age and sex of an individual greatly contribute to the distribution of snoring. As we age, the muscles in and around the throat lose their tone, making them to be relaxed thereby narrowing the airway. Also, for some reason, the incidence of snoring is much higher in men than in women. This was explained by some anatomical differences between the airways of both sexes.

MEDICAL CAUSES

A lot of medical conditions contribute to causing snoring. Deviated septum in the nose, congenitally large tongues, enlarged adenoids, cleft palate, disease conditions of the nose and the sinuses, disease conditions of the mouth and throat could all contribute to snoring. Also, a condition called sleep apnoea, which could be potentially life-threatening can present as snoring. It is very important for the actual cause of snoring to be determined.

POSITIONAL CAUSES

The tongue blocking free flow of air or the position of the jaw during sleeping can cause snoring. Sleeping on the back greatly contributes to this. As a rule, the force of gravity pulls the tongue and the muscles of the throat towards itself, thereby narrowing the airway. However, snoring in all positions could be indicative of something more serious.

CONSEQUENCES

There are a barrage of aftermaths snoring comes with. The most disturbing one is the interference with sleep. This leaves the snorers tired and fatigued for the most part of their lives. Their attention span decreases and their ability to retain information reduces. They are frequently involved in road traffic accidents. Waking up frequently excites the body system via sympathetic discharge, and in the long run could lead to high blood pressure, cardiac abnormalities and strokes. Their inability to remain alert through the day increases their risk of dependence on alcohol, further increasing their risk of cardiac diseases. They also tend to abuse soporifics. Learn more.

AIDS

First things first, the cause should be identified. Then only can the problem be solved. Depending on the cause, there is a wide availability of anti-snoring devices that could help, among which are hollow nose plugs, chin straps (snoring mouthpiece), devices that make sleeping on the back uncomfortableor poke the sleeper if they roll over and masks attached to continuous positive airway pressuremachines. Nasal sprays were also found to be useful in some individuals.

CONCLUSION

For every problem, there is a solution. But key is, determine the problem first. No one really wants the complications that follow snoring, so the earlier tackled, the better. It could save a relationship today!

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Types of Dental and OTC Mouth Pieces for Snoring

Types of snoring mouth pieces

You have different options to eliminate snoring through mouthpiece aids and one common type is over-the-counter none-fitted nonprescription mouthpiece. These mouthpieces can be purchased from your local store which can be an inexpensive and convent option. A second more expensive option is where you can more custom fit your mouthpiece. You can do this by ordering mouthpieces where you imprint your dental impression and send it back to a lab for the device to be made. You can find these types of mouthpieces on line by typing in “snoring mouthpieces” or a similar search. Custom fitted mouthpieces are mouth pieces that are fitted by a dentist and are the most expensive type of mouthpieces to use.

Most common problems with mouth pieces:

Though mouthpieces are very effective in stopping snoring by promoting a clear passage in the oral cavity for breathing, (reducing vibrations typically from the uvula/soft palate area). Some issues and conditions can cause them to uncomfortable to use. One such condition would be simply nasal congestion which causes a person to breathe through the mouth causing the mouthpiece to fall out or not be as effective. An improper fit is another problem that can cause the mouthpiece to be less effective or cause irritation with the gums or teeth.

Nasal congestion can be dealt with something as simple as nasal sprays many which can be bought over the counter and by prescription. Steroidal nasal sprays are an example of an effective type of spray this is bought by prescription. If you are looking for effective natural way to reduce nasal congestion one is acupressure done by applying gentle pressure on the nostril top and/or base. Other options are using a humidifier.

Nasal snoring, what is it and common aids

Along with mouthpieces or devices that address snoring from the oral area. There are devices that can help with snoring that is caused by the nasal cavity. Nasal snoring is the cause of the snoring and the sound is produced from the nostrils. Devices can support the nostril and cause clear breathing is called nasal dilation devices.  More explained in this post: http://www.kickingforkidswhocant.org/snore-aid-range-available-help-stop-snoring/

Data on snoring frequency

There is much data that indicates that people that habitually snore is a large number and the percentages seem to increase as people age. Some studies indicate 25% or more of the population snores on a consistent basis. Of these people, about 10% of the snoring is caused by the nasal cavity. Mouthpieces can be effective in promoting clear breathing, reducing vibrations that can create snoring sounds.

Tips for success in using mouth pieces to reduce snoring

  • Look at OTC mouthpieces first for fit and function, since they are the most inexpensive option
  • Consider ordering a mouthpiece you can fit at home. If the OTC option does not seem to work for you. As a more but not the most expensive option.
  • Nasal congestion can work against you using mouthpieces; try to clear nasal passages before using mouthpieces.
  • If the first three action steps do not work, an additional option is to have a dentist fit the mouthpiece.
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